Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Judge Belk denies being a troublemaker

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 12:19 PM

But, you are a troublemaker, Judge.

For someone who has only been on the bench since January, you've already been involved in several controversial issues -- all of which you created for yourself.

There's the whole name-calling thing. There's the refusal to step down from corporate boards because you need the insurance thing. There's the fund-raising for your wife's city council run thing. There's the run-against-the-judge-who-ruled-against-you-in-divorce court thing. There's the whole attorneys suck thing.

Admit it, Sir. You're an emotional hurricane who shouldn't be on the bench.

Belk denies allegations that he said “words to the effect” that Parker was “paid” and “bought” by lawyers when she appointed Lisa Bell as Mecklenburg's chief district court judge. He also denies he told the caucus that Parker had bypassed more experienced Democrats.

His response says he is “quite offended that (he) is being accused of making anything but the highest compliments – personally and professionally – about (Parker).”

Belk also denies allegations that he engaged in inappropriate conduct by soliciting campaign contributions for his wife, Georgia Belk, who is running for Charlotte City Council.

The judicial commission counsel contends Belk approached a group of men dining at the Belle Acres restaurant on South Boulevard in April and said “words similar in effect to ‘which of you can I count on for a $1,000 contribution to my wife's campaign.'”

More from Charlotte.com.

Here's some pre-election news coverage where Belk's reasoning for running is discussed. Apparently, he believes his bad experience in the judicial system, thanks to a messy divorce, qualifies him to judge others and disparage all attorneys everywhere.

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